Mikhail Kalashnikov, the man who had designed AK-47, the assault rifle which has killed more people than any other firearm, has passed away. He was 94. Kalashnikov, who had created the AK-47 just after World War-II, died in Izhevsk near the Ural Mountains. The cause of his death could not be ascertained but he had been in hospital since mid-November.
The AK-47, which rarely gets jammed even in bad conditions, was pressed into service in the Soviet armed forces in 1949. Even today, the Kalashnikov rifles are a mainstay of Russian armed forces and police. Known as the weapon of choice for guerrillas, the gun and its imitations have been used in conflicts around the world for decades.
At a Kremlin ceremony on his 90th birthday, then-President Dmitry Medvedev had decortaed him with the Hero of Russia gold star medal, while lauding him. Kalashnikov often revealed pride in his iconic invention mixed with the pain of seeing it being used by criminals.